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TAGGING FOR JUVENILES ON DETENTION AND TRAINING ORDERS

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The introduction of electronic tagging for juveniles on the community ...
The introduction of electronic tagging for juveniles on the community

part of Detention and Training Orders, (DTOs) was announced today by

home office minister Beverley Hughes.

From 29 May, electronic tags will be available to all young

offenders who have successfully completed the custodial part of their

sentence. This will enable Youth Offending Teams to monitor teenagers

whilst they fulfil individually tailored packages of reparation,

training and education measures. Those released and tagged in this

way will be eligible for release between 1-2 months before the

current release date at the half-way point. Those convicted of

sexual or series violent offences will not be eligible for release

under this new scheme.

Beverley Hughes said:

'Fitting electronic tags to juvenile offenders will toughen up the

community part of their sentence, ensuring that those young people

released under the scheme stick to the conditions of their release.

We are committed to ensuring community sentences are tough and

rigorous and have the full confidence and support of local residents.

'By strengthening DTOs in this way, we have made it possible to

increase the number of young people eligible for release, with some

youths, in certain circumstances, able to leave secure accommodation

up to 2 months before the half way point of their sentence.

'This will provide a useful and properly managed transitional phase

in the reintegration of trainees from custody back into the

community. It will also ease pressure on the juvenile estate and

ensure that those young people who remain in custody receive a full

and demanding regime.'

From Wednesday, all juveniles who have completed the custodial part

of their DTO will be eligible for automatic release 1 month (for

those sentenced to a DTO of 8, 10 or 12 months), or either 1 or 2

months (for those sentenced to a DTO of 18 or 24 months), before the

half way point of their sentence except for:

juveniles convicted of serious violent offences or sex offences;

juveniles who have exhibited violent or destructive behaviour or made

exceptionally bad progress whilst on the custodial part of their

sentence.

Ms Hughes said:

'The aim of DTOs is to provide a clear focus on planned and

constructive use of time spent in custody followed by a period of

effective supervision and support in the community.

'By providing an option of a longer, more tightly monitored community

part of the sentence, we are able to increase youngsters' access to

education and family sooner, giving them a better chance of shedding

their past criminality and becoming a successful member of their

community.

'However, this is no soft option. Young offenders will continue on a

tough programme of reparation, curfews and training to help steer

them on a path away from offending.'

NOTES

1. The DTO is the main custodial sentence for juveniles aged 12 to

17. It can last from a minimum of four months to a maximum of two years,

with half the order spent in custody and the other half spent under

supervision in the community.

2. A court can impose a DTO only:

- where a child or young person has committed an offence which

would be punishable with imprisonment in the case of someone aged

21 or over;

- where the court is satisfied that only a custodial sentence is

adequate to reflect the seriousness of the offence or, where the

offence is violent or sexual, to protect the public from serious

harm from the offender;

- if the child or young person is aged 12 and under 15 at the time

of conviction, if the court is of the opinion that he or she is a

persistent offender.

3. The term of a DTO may be for 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 18 or 24

months. To date, release has normally occurred at the

halfway point but in the case of the longer orders the

secretary of state may:

- release a trainee one month before the half way point if they

have been sentenced to a DTO of 8, 10 or 12 months

- release a trainee one or two months before the half way point if

they have been sentenced to a DTO of 18 or 24 months

4. Juveniles convicted of serious violent offences or sex offences

will not be deemed eligible for release under this scheme.

5. The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2000 provides for the

electronic monitoring of prisoners released on licence. This

includes young people during the community element of a detention and

training order.

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